Graham was blanked until the last drive of the first half, then exploded for five catches on that possession, including a 9-yard touchdown in which he boxed out Browns Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden. He added three more receptions in the third quarter, among them a 1-yard scoring strike with fellow corner Buster Skrine draped on him.
The New Orleans star took advantage of single coverage by cornerbacks to tie a career-high with 10 catches for 118 yards and the two touchdowns. His 20-yard snag early in the fourth quarter set up a go-ahead score.
Graham and his Saints are set to play Minnesota next Sunday.
Graham caught eight passes for 82 yards and was productive wherever he lined up, according to the paper. But his longest gain went for 17 yards.
For most tight ends, that would be an accomplishment, but usually when Graham gets that many catches, he goes for more than 100 yards. And even more often, he scores a touchdown.
Of course, Graham wasn't the only one of Brees' targets held out of the end zone. The Saints so often found themselves inside the 5-yard line that they relied on their running game for most of their scores. They had three touchdowns on the ground compared to only one through the air.
Graham will try again for his first touchdown Week 2 at Cleveland.
How well? Tight end
Judging by the way the Falcons defended the pass last year, you'd wonder why he didn't score more. They allowed 31 touchdowns through he air, fourth-most in the league, and gave up the ninth-most Fantasy points to tight ends. They did switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 scheme this offseason, but that won't have much say in Graham's production.
Chances are if you drafted him in Fantasy, you'll be starting him every week anyway, but this week is no time to get cute.
Graham caught a 6-yard from Luke McCown on the opening drive of the game. He found the end zone again on a 9-yard strike in the second quarter. He was targeted six times and finished with five catches for 48 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 9.6 yards per grab.
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